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    Grandpa, the '86 LXi

    I purchased a 1986 Honda Accord LXi for $400 from a NASA engineer on November 3rd, 2005. As my first car at age 16, having grown up in a Honda family, the car died the first 10 miles down the road and left me stranded in need of getting to work. I was out in the middle of nowhere debating just lighting the car on fire. My dad calmed me and helped me source the knowledge and tools to replace my dizzy igniter. I gained a love and respect for how engines worked, their respective designs and uses as before this I had never even thought of working on my own car or really even any car for that matter.
    Over the years, I've absorbed knowledge of these cars like a sponge and still to this date I refuse to get rid of the Honda. It's just too damn reliable compared to everything I've been around. I strive to be different from everyone else as following other just makes you a sheep in the herd. EGs, CBs, EFs, crxs...they're a dime a dozen at every corner you turn. This has made the love for my car even greater.

    With this said, I've done alot of things to Grandpa from a full rebuild of the engine, Si lude trans and swapping all lighting to LEDs except the Headlights to repainting parts and ordering an abundance of non OEM better performance parts. That's where this thread will begin to grow.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the year. I've postponed installation of several things until it's time for the full OBD1 swap and further exploration of milking more power from our single jingle A20A3 motors while staying N/A. All I'm lacking is a chipped P06 ecu. The funding for that is only a few paychecks away (bills and my 1 year old take most if not all of my check each check). Finally, over the past two years, I've been able to source practically everything I'll need and the time has come.


    I'll keep all updated as I have alot planned for this Springtime/summertime.
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    Re: Grandpa, the '86 LXi

    hell yea!! good luck man! looking forward to see progress with this thing

    Quote Originally Posted by CAH View Post
    pullin up turbo spoolin fast lookin fly like a 3g like a 3g like a 3g

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    Re: Grandpa, the '86 LXi

    Thanks Tim. I'll be in ATL around july 5th for a week. If everything goes smoothly, I'll drive this there and can meet my first 3geez member IRL. Lol.
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    Re: Grandpa, the '86 LXi

    At this time, off the top of my sleepy head:

    A20A3 (Entirely rebuilt)
    ●All carbon removed
    ●New valve springs/retainers
    ●Clevite bearings
    ●NGK Iridium plugs
    ●NGK 8mm plug wires
    ●MSD coil
    ●New Standard fuel injectors (2/15)
    ●Blox FPR
    ●Bisimoto cam gear
    ●A2K5 transmission
    ●2 gauge battery/alternator/ground wiring
    ●Silicone vacuum tubing
    ●12 inch 9 blade high output slim fan

    Interior/Exterior:
    ●Blue LED gauge cluster/switches
    ●2 4 foot 5050 SMD strips for dome lighting
    ●Cree XR5 amber LED 1156 turn signal bulbs with projector glass
    ●Cree XR5 red LED 1157 tail lights
    ●Clear front turn lenses
    ●Clear parking light housings
    ●Black H4 76 Housings with 65W/45W HID bulbs
    ●6W T10 LED parking/tag/trunk/door/fender turn lights
    ●Legit 15 poolball for a shift knob I watched my friends dad use to knock someone out in a barfight. (The memories, lol)
    ●Glowshift 7 color tinted vacuum/boost gauge
    ●Glowshift 7 color tinted fuel pressure gauge
    ●Glowshift 7 color tinted EGT (was given to me but fixing to be replaced with an innovative wideband )
    ●Pioneer tech digi voltage display
    ●black 3D CF wrapped door panels

    Ride Quality:
    ●94' Integra coilovers/stiff springs
    ●Poly bushings everywhere
    ●Timkin wheel bearings

    Exhaust/Emissions:
    ●Cat deleted
    ●2 inch exhaust piping
    ●EGR ports blocked off/welded

    Bear in mind, in Alabama, absolutely noone enforces any emissions laws but even if they did...25+ year old cars are exempt so Eat it California!
    Last edited by firefighterwhite89; 03-19-2015 at 05:27 AM.
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    Re: Grandpa, the '86 LXi

    Give it hell man! And be sure to post lots of pics.
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    Re: Grandpa, the '86 LXi

    We demand pics!

    Quote Originally Posted by CAH View Post
    pullin up turbo spoolin fast lookin fly like a 3g like a 3g like a 3g

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    Re: Grandpa, the '86 LXi

    Finally, after a long break and issues with alcoholism, two babies and several headaches I'm happy to say I'm back in the game. The 86' sat for a year and a half. Got it running and obx headers/new exhaust installed. Got to get a new battery, insurance, updated fire tag and 4 fresh tires and I'll be piloting this beast daily again. Wife started working at Polaris last monday so money won't be much of an issue after a few weeks. I have everything for the obd1 swap except a chipped obd1 ecu and distributor. Technically i may have a dizzy if the TD80U obd2 from a d16y7 will work. Anyone know if you can use them?

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    Re: Grandpa, the '86 LXi

    Welcome back!

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    Re: Grandpa, the '86 LXi

    Glad you were able to fight off your demons,and start having fun again,well done. Should be a nice car when finished,any pics yet ? Hope you'll get her done soon.
    I can't answer your dizzy question but i'm reasonably sure someone here can.

    Auke.
    Last edited by AWH; 08-14-2017 at 08:03 AM.

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    Re: Grandpa, the '86 LXi

    Welcome back! Good to hear from you again.
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    Re: Grandpa, the '86 LXi

    looking forward to your build

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    Re: Grandpa, the '86 LXi

    Just checking in. I'm still alive. When I was younger, finding time to do anything was simple. Nowadays with my scheduling and family, finding time for this sweet love/hate relationship I've got with this 3gee is hard to come by often. Been daily driving it AT LEAST 100+ miles daily to work and home so i don't have much downtime either. I believe I'm gonna take a vacation sometime in February or March and finally go OBD1. Too cold to do much outside without some type of covering or heat. I did paint some under the hood over the summertime after I changed my blown HG(3rd one in 13 years and it always seems to rear its head in gridlock Huntsville City traffic). Went from anodized purple and red to gold. Gold matched the FPR and a few other aftermarket parts I have on there so it seemed best choice. Here's some pics for the time being.

    Was painted as so:
    Then like this:
    And finally new paint and looks better IMHO:


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    Re: Grandpa, the '86 LXi

    Still got this sitting sadly:

    Got the harness from Rywire

    Innovate Motorsports makes and amazing AFR. Flawless so far, especially compared to the buggy AEM gauges that plagued for awhile:

    Who doesn't love PINK?

    Can't afford True CF hood? Metallic Black!
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    Re: Grandpa, the '86 LXi

    I did experiment with "3D CF" vinyl on the door panels. Pretty easy to Install and use. Has stuck very well without issue and you can no longer see the drivers side tear on the door, which is what led to this experiment.


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    Re: Grandpa, the '86 LXi

    Here lately, I've been dealing with some transmission woes. I thought my pressure plate gave out, no longer releasing the clutch to shift gears. One exedy clutch kit later, then TOB return Spring and I still had the no clutch release issue. Clutch cable stay broke under the dash. Cable is just floating there. We tried welding it but the Fluxcore mig welder we have doesn't get hot enough to actually penetrate and fuse the two pieces together, SO...it's time for plan B.



    All this work, when i never had to remove the transmission at all... :/

    Can you see the break? Looks almost like it snapped clean off.
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    Re: Grandpa, the '86 LXi

    I miss DD this thing while it's down atm.
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    Re: Grandpa, the '86 LXi

    i just went obd1 this week and the difference is outstanding it revs quicker and it runs better i am really impressed by the change

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    Re: Grandpa, the '86 LXi

    Looking good! You've been busy.
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